Jan
29
2016

The Viet Nam War was a terrible conflict and filled with “absolute terror,” as Sergeant Jim Greenwalt explains. The dangers were mostly constant and uncertainty ruled each day. But also, along the way, there are memories that Jim has of times of levity and resourcefulness that helped the soldiers keep their sanity. For instance, after […]

Jan
19
2016

Jim Greenwalt was originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended the University of Chattanooga. He was on the varsity wrestling team and he says that he had too much fun there and didn’t concentrate on education. So to avoid being a burden on his parents because of his grades, Jim joined the Army in 1966. During […]

Jan
9
2016

This is a story told by Raymond C. Allard in the publication Maritime Tales of the Sea. He relates his experiences as a Merchant Marine seaman in World War II. I joined the Merchant Marines on November 4, 1942, in New Haven, Connecticut. I went through training at Sheepshead Bay, New York. After finishing, I […]

Dec
5
2015

Harold Greer was born in Greenville, Texas and raised on a farm near Commerce, Texas. He began high school in Greenville in 1943, and had his heart set on being an ROTC Cadet. But Greenville High did not have an ROTC program. So, he talked his parents into moving to Dallas so he could receive […]

Nov
19
2015

Nelson Smith served in the Pacific during World War II as a Merchant Marine seaman. Today he has a passion to speak to as many groups as he can and inform them who these brave men were that he served alongside. “Almost no one knows what the Merchant Marine is,” Nelson says. Educating folks about […]